Glenview Reads Together

One Community, Many Stories
September 15–October 7

The Glenview Public Library presents its third annual community-wide reading program. Join friends, neighbors, co-workers, and Library staff by reading This Tender Land, then come together for virtual book discussions, programs, and events. Mark your calendars for the kickoff event featuring bestselling, award-winning author, William Kent Krueger.

Copies of the book are available at the Reader Services Desk or may be reserved for pick up at the Drive-Up Window. Check the catalog for other available formats such as large print, audiobooks, eBooks, or eAudiobooks.


Minnesota, 1932—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.

Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers, to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an enthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.


William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace (winner of the Edgar Award for best novel), as well as eighteen acclaimed books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series. Krueger attended Stanford University, before being kicked out for radical activities. Throughout his early life, he supported himself by logging timber, digging ditches, working in construction, and writing as a freelance journalist. He never stopped writing and now makes his living as a full-time author. Krueger has been married for over 40 years, has two children, and makes his home in St. Paul, MN.

Kickoff: Virtual Author Event with William Kent Krueger

If you missed the September 15 Kick-Off Event featuring an interview with author, William Kent Krueger, the recorded interview is now available.

An interview with New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger as he discusses his book This Tender Land, followed by questions from the audience. Autographed copies of the book are available for purchase from the Book Bin in Northbrook at


Copies of the book are available at the Reader Services Desk or may be reserved for pick up at the Library’s Drive-Up Window. Registration required. Limit 15.

Thursday, September 24, 7-8 PM • Via Zoom
Wednesday, September 30, 1-2 PM • Via Zoom
Monday, October 5, 1-2 PM • Via Zoom

Did you enjoy the book? Here is a list of Read-alike fiction for additional reading.


“You Have Harmed Us”: A Short History of the US Indian Education System

Saturday, September 26, 1-2 PM • Via Zoom

Lindsay M. Montgomery, Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, School of Anthropology, traces the evolution of federally-sponsored Native American boarding schools from the 1890s to the 1950s, and offers insights into the daily life and trauma experienced by Native youth who were forcibly removed from their families.

Life on the Mississippi River

Tuesday, September 29, 7-8 PM • Via Zoom

A modern-day Huck Finn, photographer John Lynn tells the story of the “Mighty Mississippi”—its course, character, and general river life—as he experienced it while canoeing all 2300 miles from its source at Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

Darlings of the Depression

Tuesday, October 6, 7-8 PM • Via Zoom

During the challenges of the Great Depression, audiences turned to the movies for comfort and inspiration. In this multimedia presentation, learn about the Depression Era film stars, their impact on the film industry, and how their legacies are still honored today.



September–November • Offsite: Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park, 2001 Patriot Blvd
Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard

Told in lively and powerful verse, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Juana Martinez- Neal, Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree. Just drop in.